When it comes to youthful-looking skin, collagen is key
Essentially a protein, collagen, along with elastin, are the substances that give your skin it’s “stretch”. When we’re young, our body is naturally full of it. This is why our skin looks taught and we don’t have wrinkles. As we get older, however, our collagen supply begins to deplete. This is when you’ll notice that your skin starts to become lax and we begin to see the formation of fine lines that’ll eventually become wrinkles.
Boost what you’ve got
The solution seems simple. Just boost your collagen supply and you’ll be living off the fountain of youth, but this is where it gets tricky. When mixed into skincare products, collagen merely acts as a moisturiser because its molecules are too large to penetrate your skin. Thus, your best bet is to use skincare that contains collagen-boosting actives – ingredients that stimulate your body’s own collagen production. These include retinol and vitamin C. Another way to do it is to invest in non-invasive collagen-stimulating treatments such as those you’ll find at Skin Renewal branches nationwide. These include Dermapen sessions and laser treatments such as Laser Genesis and Fraxel Dual.
Lastly, the evidence is growing that yes, you can consume collagen and it will have a positive effect on your skin!
When drinkable collagen first hit the shelves, the medical and scientific community wasn’t convinced it would be useful for anyone wanting to ingest it for anti-ageing reasons. The theory was, because collagen is a protein, it would simply be digested in your stomach and then excreted. Now, however, clinical studies are starting to show that consuming a certain type of collagen can benefit your skin.
Collagen peptides, also referred to as hydrolysed collagen, are made from the same amino acids as collagen, but are much smaller. This makes it much more digestible so it can enter your bloodstream and travel to where it’s needed. Some studies have shown that those consuming hydrolised collagen for several months saw an improvement in their skin’s elasticity, moisture content and circulation.
Knowing that consuming collagen can benefit your skin is one thing, but finding a supplement that can actually help is another. When you’re shopping, look out for a supplement that contains “hydrolised collagen” or “collagen peptides”. This means it’s in a form your body can actually use. Also, you’re going to want a supplement that makes use of bovine collagen, not chicken or fish. The type of collagen that comes from cows is the most researched in regard to its skincare benefits.
Skin Renewal is proud to stock one of the best collagen supplements in South Africa, iSkin Super Collagen + C. It contains Peptan, an easy to absorb bovine-derived collagen peptide. Better yet, it also includes skin-loving antioxidants like vitamin C, co-enzyme Q10 and glutathione. Last, but not least, it tastes delicious!
Ultimately, there are several ways to boost your skin’s collagen supply and the best solution is to take a multipronged approach by embracing all of them. After all, when it comes to collagen, you’ll want to stimulate as much as you can get to enjoy a more youthful-looking skin for longer.
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